I have come across some peculiar words in the past that I’d now like to share with you, so if you’ve got a hankering for etymology then you’re in the right place.
I’ll even attempt to use them in a sentence too.
Starting with the longest word first, floccinaucinihilipilification is beyond a tongue twister. It means to judge something asworthless. It is a combinationof four Latin words: flocci, nauci, nihili, pilifi. All of which mean ‘for a small price’ or ‘nothing’.
E.g. Through the art of floccinaucinihilipilification I have concluded that after staring in his 5th kids Christmas movie, Tim Allen’s career is now worth nothing.
Not forNication, forMication. Formication is the term that describes a sensation that feels like insects are crawling on your skin. It can be a side effect of Ritalin or an onset of menopause.
E.g. I would rather feel the sensation of formication for 5hours straight than sweat BBQ sauce for a day.
This has a couple of meanings but the gist of it is two or more things combining- whether it be the pairing of chromosomes during meiosis or the aligning of the sun, earth and moon.
E.g. After finding that their soulmate was in fact their pet, these people performed syzygy and merged with their furry friends.